By David Spiegel
SALISBURY, MD – The State University of New York at New Paltz baseball team (2-4) rallied for seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull off a miraculous comeback and defeat No. 6 Salisbury University (6-2), 10-9, on Sunday at SU Baseball Field.
Freshman second baseman Matt Dixon kicked off the rally with a leadoff single. Freshman first baseman Chris Baltera walked as a pinch hitter, and was then pinch run for by freshman outfielder Tom Dieckhoff. Senior center fielder Matt Carr stroked a double to left to score Dixon and move Dieckhoff over to third.
Senior left fielder/relief pitcher Anthony Repetto reached on a hit-by-pitch to load the bases for senior first baseman Thomas Pinnola. Pinnola drew a walk to bring in another run. After junior shortstop Steven Morse struck out, freshman DH Andrew DiNardo hit an RBI single to right, keeping the bases loaded once again while chipping away at the Sea Gulls’ lead.
Senior third baseman Matt Prescia followed with a single to center, scoring Repetto from third and giving the Hawks yet another bases loaded opportunity. Senior catcher Matt Kaldon followed with a high chopper to third to reach safely and another run touch home.
Batting for the second time in the inning, Dixon hit a ground ball to second base. Kaldon was thrown out at second, but a throwing error by the shortstop allowed Prescia and DiNardo to come around and score, giving the Hawks the 10-9 lead.
Repetto moved from right field to the mound to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth. Repetto faced the minimum three batters to pick up his first save of the season.
Senior relief pitcher John Schmidt earned the win after coming in to pitch a scoreless eighth inning. Kyle Hamby shouldered the loss for Salisbury.
Prescia led the Hawks with his best game of the season thus far, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Carr went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
For Salisbury, second baseman Johnny Schiotis led the way, going 3-for-5.